CLE – ICL – Lens Implantation
Area of Application:
Lens implantation is a complete replacement of the lens. This treatment is used when other methods are not suitable. This is generally the case with a cataract, but also, for example, if your vision is too strongly pronounced. Or when the lens loses its elasticity and therefore results in presbyopia. Your suitability for a lens implant is determined on location.
Techniques and Function
Clear Lens Extraction (CLE)
With this variation, the focus of the lens is changed, which is realized by completely removing your natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). The method used here is called CLE. This method is particularly suitable if you are over 40 years old. The reason for this is usually associated with presbyopia. In this case, flexible lenses are used, which also compensate for these refractive errors. The optimal lens for you or if you are suitable for this method will be determined on location during the preliminary examination.
Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL)
Older people have vision problems that cannot be corrected with laser treatment due to high dioptric values or any diseases such as excessive astigmatism or suffering from myopia. For these people, we offer the ICL lenses of the brand Staar. The patients who receive such lenses are generally between 21 and 45 years old.
Unlike intraocular lenses (which completely replace your lens), these lenses are inserted through a tiny incision between the iris and the body’s own lens, in addition to your own lens. With the natural lens, the ICL ensures that the light is bundled correctly on the retina and that the patient can see sharply again, even without glasses.
ICL Lenses Advantages:
- Lenses can be easily replaced. This means that you can switch to a multi or trifocal lens at some point if you have problems with presbyopia. ICL lenses are not suitable for people with age-related vision problems.
- ICL lenses can also be used for young people.
- Painless and not noticeable after the procedure.
ICL lenses risks/disadvantages:
- Swelling possible
- Increased intraocular pressure possible
- Turbidity of own lens possible
- If nearsightedness/presbyopia problems occur, the ICL lens should be replaced with a refractive lens replacement with IOL lenses. The costs vary depending on the type of lens, which can only be determined after a detailed preliminary examination. We will be happy to provide you with an uncomplicated cost calculation on site. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.